If you like "Belle Prater's Boy"...
Thanks for your request for a Book Match. If you want to read some looong books like Belle Prater's Boy, here are some suggestions:
The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson. When Angel's self-absorbed mother leaves her and her younger brother with their poor great-grandmother, the eleven-year-old girl worries not only about her mother and brother, her imprisoned father, the frail old woman, but also about a mysterious man who begins sharing with her the wonder of the stars. Other books by this author that you might enjoy include The Great Gilly Hopkins and Flip-Flop Girl.
Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell. When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay. After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special memento of her past.
Caroline S. Parr